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Teachers

Each of our teachers offers a unique and personal style of teaching. All Lotus Studio teachers have attained internationally recognised teacher registration to assure you of clear guidance through a safe and informative practice. Our teachers are deeply committed to their own practice and teaching.

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Vinyasa Yoga
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Vinyasa

with Kama

Kama is the owner of Lotus studios, a dedicated Yogini and mother of 2 with a deep love of all things yoga. She completed her Vinyasa teacher training (YA RYT200) in Bali at Radiantly Alive in 2016. Since then she has continued her education by completing a further 300hr yoga course based partly in India, a children's yoga course, various online anatomy courses and Iyengar training She continues to grow through her own self practice and continuing study.

Join Kama for a dynamic, flowing vinyasa yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Awaken your strength, energy and flexibility in a fun atmosphere.

 

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about who you become on the way down . . .”

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Yoga Snack

with Ksenjia

n a previous life, ksenija wore a lot of red lipstick and spoke on the phone about 11 hours of the day.  An executive producer juggling many personalities, a mother, a wife.. well. Yoga was the only thing that kept her from losing her damn mind.

In 2019, ksenija took the plunge to complete her 200 hour TT with Living Yoga in Johannesburg after a 10 year love affair with yoga. 

Yoga has had a profound impact on her relatively short life, providing comfort and reflection in times both hard and good.

 

Yoga is for everyone. 

Yoga snack is homage to the previous life - the life where you carve out an hour of your day for you. Instead of lunch break, an hour on the mat to feed the soul. An hour on the mat to grant you serenity before the school pick up. 

An hour to reconnect. And an hour with some music you would not ordinarily listen to. That is yoga snack.

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Hatha and Yin

with Olia

Olia began practicing Voga 10 years ago in her home country Belarus.

After moving to South Africa in 2011 her yoga journey continued.

As her own practice was getting deeper physically, mentally and emotionally she decided on enrolling into 500Hr International

ISHTA (Integral School of Hatha Yoga and Tantric Arts) YTT led by Marina Contardo at the ISHTA

School of Yoga & Health in Johannesburg which she completed in 2014.

Olia teaches from her heart. Her classes offer creative sequences from gentle to more vigorous, depending on the abilities of the students. She likes to experiment with asanas but also plays with meaningful quotes, yogic philosophy, pranayama, meditation to create a non-competitive and nurturing space for students to discover the benefits of yoga, heal and grow

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Iyengar Yoga

with Jane

Jane is a certified Level 2 Iyengar teacher with RIMYI Pune and the BKSI Yoga

Institute of South Africa. She has been teaching since 2007 and has loved the

practice of yoga from an early age.

Jane teaches lyengar yoga on an introductory and intermediate level, and her

classes are accessible to all. Her Gentle and Restorative classes allow students of

all ages to connect to the practice, and to feel revived and restored after a class.

The use of props enables students to do the postures with the correct alignment to

obtain the full benefits of the pose, as well as assiting with any injuries or limitations.

I thank the Iyengar family and all my teachers who have taught me over the years

and encouraged and strengthened my yoga practice.

 

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person

who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

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Mobility & Flexibility

with Tatum

Tatum has been practicing meditation for 15 years and has been involved in conscious body movement for more than 10 years.

She Qualified as an lyengar Teacher in 2019 after 5 years of study.

Based on the idea of Mobility and Flexibility for overall health and mental wellbeing, this blue-zone inspired class incorporates stretch and strength poses; transitioning from one position to another; concentration on core strength; sensitivity to the state of ones own body on any particular day; using breathing and awareness in movement.

 

Tatums classes are deeply anchored in Iyengar Yoga training - with precision in alignment, wide use of props & incorporation of inversions tailored to specific needs of each student.  

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Mindful Flow and Padel Strong

with Natasha

Yoga found Natasha in her early 20's and blossomed into a life long journey. She completed her 108 sun solutions 8 1/2 months pregnant obtaining her 200 YTT before the birth of her first son. She is also a fully certified Basi pilates instructor.

Yoga is a journey from the self to the self, but it doesn't mean the journey can't be fun.

Her mindful vinyasa class connects breath to movement along with some great music to inspire you.

Any level of fitness or experience with yoga is welcome. Her focus is for you to become more connected and aware of the beautiful body and sprit you have 

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Yoga Fusion

with Debbie

Debbie started her yoga journey in 1997 purely as an addition to Her exercise program. But quickly realized the extensive benefits both - physically and mentally - and 24 years later She still loves it and continues to evolve with it.

Her passion and training also led Her to Thailand where She studied Nuad

Boran (Northern Style Thai

Massage).

Join Debbies classes for toning, and strength with flexibility - finished off with a blissful guided relaxation. all levels welcome

her style of yoga has evolved over the years to incorporate pilates and other types of toning, She believes that everyone should do some form of yoga but sometimes you need to add a little something else to convince the skeptics. "It gives me so much pleasure to see my students become more flexible and strong as they go on this journey with me

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Ballet kids & Adults

with Suanne

In 2016, Suanne successfully earned her qualification as a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher. She has a great love for ballet teaching and performing and found her passion to be guiding the younger generation towards their dream of dancing. Along the way, she loves to inspire all her students to have a positive and to equip them with life skills they can use in all areas their life.

 

In her teaching philosophy, she prioritizes creating a nurturing and secure environment in the classroom, where every student is welcomed and appreciated. She values the importance of fostering a positive atmosphere.

 

Suanne also has a joy for helping adults, even beginners, find their joy in dance too. She aims to see every student entering the class flourish and leave with knowledge, a smile, and a passion for Ballet feeling positive about themselves.

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Kundalini Yoga

with Rossana

Rossana, also known as Hari Darshan Kaur, is a multi-talented individual who is a designer, artist, maker, and creative soul. She is thrilled to have joined Lotus Studio in Knysna, where she currently resides.

 

Her love for Kundalini Yoga began in 2010 after exploring various styles of yoga in different studios in Johannesburg. She was fortunate to have been taught by esteemed instructors such as Pritam Hari Kaur Khalsa, Itta Roussos "Ravi," and Karin Ritchie "Balwant," whose teachings provided her with a deep understanding of Kundalini yoga. In 2012, she completed The Aquarian Teacher™, KRI International teacher training Level 1, and has since completed supplementary courses, including "Stress and Vitality Level 2," "Emotional Freedom Tapping" (EFT), and "Beyond Addiction" training with Siri Dharma.

 

Kundalini Yoga is a transformative technology that offers an array of valuable tools for one's well-being, personal growth, and overall healing. Each class focuses on several aspects, including breathing, movement, physical exercises, meditation, mantra, and music. These practices help increase self-awareness, build emotional and physical strength, and remove unnecessary blocks, leading to a more aligned and present self.

 

Through Kundalini Yoga, Rossana has learned invaluable self-regulation and stress-releasing techniques that have enhanced her vitality, radiance, and overall joy. The benefits are endless, connecting practitioners with their higher purpose and their best future selves.

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Pilates & Barre

with Tristan

Tristans lifetime love for movement lead her down a path of self-discovery and uncovered a deep fascination in anatomy and the human body. This lead to her on a journey of studying STOTT Pilates, intensive matwork and to becoming a certified Bootybarre Instructor.

Join Tristan for a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It focuses on low-impact, high intensity movements designed to strengthen your whole body! In addition to building strength, this full-body workout also develops agility and flexibility. And its all motivated by a great playlist! Bring along your determination, your laughter, and a desire to sweat whilst toning and stretching your whole body. This is movement for every body.

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Biodanza

with Michelle

Michelle creates safe spaces for growth and transformation. She is an experienced Biodanza facilitator who is passionate about sharing her love of dance and healing. She also brings depth and therapeutic skills as a HPCSA registered Art Therapist with over 15 years experience of working with individuals and groups.

The undeniable power of music lies in its capacity to inspire, heal, and transform. Music transcends barriers to speak directly to our emotions and souls, evoking memories, uplifting our spirits, and creating connections.

I invite you on a journey of movement and dance with carefully selected music that will explore and celebrate music as a universal language that unites us in shared experiences.

No dance experience is needed and nothing to get right or wrong. Adults and teens over 16 are welcome.

 

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Pilates

with Leslie

Lesley's pilates classes or private lessons are a whole body exercise, focusing on integration of strength, balance and body awareness. These classes accommodate all ages and abilities helping to improve posture and core strength alleviating typical lower back and neck pain.

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